(ICFAI conducts interactive webinar session on “ From a Caterpillar to a Butterfly: A Natural(s)Story“)
“Learn more to earn more is the mantra for all the budding entrepreneurs” quoted Mr. C K Kumaravel, Founder, Naturals Beauty Salon. He along with his better half Mrs. K Veena shared their life experiences with the journey of the Naturals through the topic “From Caterpillar to a Butterfly: A Natural(s) Story” at the 20th WiseViews Interactive Webinar Series conducted on September 03, 2021 by ICFAI for the benefit of students and working professionals.
Mr. Kumaravel started his talk by explaining the hardships he went through to build a 700+ beauty & salon joint across the country. He mentioned how his mother Smt. R C Hemalatha took over the responsibility of the entire family after the demise of his father. With that inspiration Mr. Kumaravel decided to start the business of salon though he is a novice to this field. He said that “It takes as much time and energy to lead an ordinary life and an extraordinary life. It boils down to individual how he decides to lead his life and no one is responsible for it. One individual can make all the difference, if he realizes his hidden potential”.
Mr. Kumaravel further said the ability to think differently and creating opportunities is the basic tenets of the entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs have the potential to create jobs and Mr. Kumaravel terms them as the Young India. The young India can collaborate with the power India (consisting of politicians and bureaucrats) to serve the poor India, he added. Mr. Kumaravel also advised the young entrepreneurs to look out for opportunities to learn new things, unlearn what is useless and re-learn whenever needed.
Mrs. K Veena explained that while she takes care of the training and innovation of new products, Mr. Kumaravel looks after the marketing and expansion of the business. Mr. Kumaravel believes that the women should be financially independent and it is the responsibility of the males to encourage them to realize their dreams. Mr. Kumaravel said that his aim is to nurture at least 1000 Women Entrepreneurs and to create 50,000 jobs by the end of December 2025.
Answering to a query in the Q & A session, Mr. Kumaravel stated that “Our prime objective is to inculcate the sense of responsibility in all the members of the Naturals franchises and it is the main reason for their success”. Mr. Kumaravel used many phrases and anecdotes throughout his talk to keep the audience engaged.
The webinar was moderated by Prof. R Prasad, Director – Academic Wing, ICFAI Group and Prof. Sudhakar Rao, Director – Branding, ICFAI Group.
About 250 participants including entrepreneurs, Research Scholars, prospective students from various parts of the country registered for this event which was also steamed live on the facebook.
About the Speakers: Mrs. K Veena & Mr. C K Kumaravel, Founders, Naturals Salon:
Mrs. K Veena & Mrs. C K Kumaravel are the Founders of India’s No. 1 Salon Chain Naturals. They have changed the face of the Salon industry which was considered to be a “Taboo Activity” in 2000 to a lifestyle industry now. The long term goal of the couple is to make Naturals the No. 1 Salon Chain of the world. Their next vision is to create 1,000 successful women entrepreneurs, 3,000 salons, 50,000 jobs within 31st December 2025 across the globe. Inspired by his mother Smt. R C Hemalatha, Mr. Kumaravel believes in the women power and is now on a mission to create a “House wife” free India.
About ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education: The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education is Deemed-to-be University under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. ICFAI Business School (IBS) is a constituent of ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. About 5,800 students are pursuing various programs in the Faculty of Management (ICFAI Business School), Faculty of Science & Technology (IcfaiTech), Faculty of Law (ICFAI Law School) and ICFAI School of Architecture, NAAC, an autonomous institute of University Grants Commission has also accredited The University with ‘A+’ Grade with an impressive score (institutional CGPA) of 3.43 out of 4.